RLL Jetty Giants Keep Claim To First Place
The Rockaway Jetty Giants continued to roll as they avenged an earlier season tie to the Wholesale Jays last Saturday in a Rockaway Little League baseball game. The sun was beating down and so was Josh Zweifler’s fastball as he faced only ten batters in the three innings he was allowed to pitch. Ryan Duffy was the lone Jay to reach base against the Zwiffleball. Josh recorded six K’s of the nine outs during his time on the mound.
The Jays were able to hold the Giants offense down in the first two innings but in the top of the 3rd the Giants reeled off five straight solid hits including Luca Bartoli and Marcus Ortiz’s doubles as the Gmen tallied four runs. Joe Braskey then pitched two solid innings striking four batters out and allowing only one run to score.
Joe O’Conner, who led off with a monstrous double, scored on Andrew O’Sullivan’s single in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Giants of Rockaway had scored three in the top of the 5th and then unloaded in the top of the 6th. They scored 6 more runs on multiple hits including James McManus’ RBI triple and a base loaded double by big bad Ryan O’Reilly.
The Jays were able to string together some runs in the bottom of the sixth off Bartoli due to some shaky defense by the Giants, but with a large lead the game was never in question and the Gmen rolled to a 13-6 victory. Ortiz was 4-4 on the day with 3 RBIs, James McManus went 2-4 with 2 RBIs, and the speedy JoJo Alessandro was 2-3 and had 2 RBIs.
The Giants now command the division with a 6-2-1 record because of the production from their lineup and solid defensive play behind their pitchers.
Rose’s Reds beat the Monavie Orioles by a score of 5-4 on Saturday in an epic battle. Woods to Powderly to Strehle? Not quite Tinkers to Evers to Chance, but just as effective.
The Reds were up by a score of 5-2 in the top of the 6th. The Orioles were rallying and had the bases juiced with 2 outs when Brendan Buckley hit a blast to right field. The ball dropped in for a hit and both Jake Murphy and Jonathan Moreno scored to make it 5-4. As Kevin Connelly came around third base, Tommy Woods hit TJ Powderly for the relay. Powderly threw a strike to catcher Kevin Strehle who put the tag on Connelly for the final out of the game.
Strehle drove in 2 with a clutch base hit and Pat Watters had a huge bases clearing double that drove in 3 for the Reds. For the Orioles, Buckley pitched a great game with 8 K’s and Tommy Collins was 2-2 with 2 doubles.
In the pee-wee senior division, the Lynbrook Sterling Optical Braves continued to turn their season around from a 0-3 start, by winning their sixth game in a row, beating the previously undefeated Diamondbacks 2-1. Coaches expected a high score between two of the better hitting teams in the division but the kids surprised the adults with stellar pitching performances on both sides.
Braves pitchers Daniel Green, Jack Mullally, Connor Naus and Billy Reyes combined to throw a one-hitter, allowing only seven base runners in six innings. Offense was rare but the Braves found it when they needed to. Going into the bottom of the sixth and last inning with the score tied, Corey Schwach started a rally with a single that was followed by singles from Green, and Reyes which loaded the bases.
That brought up clean-up hitter Jack Mullally who singled home Schwach with the winning “walk-off” run. Both Mullally and Schwach were awarded “game balls” by coaches for their performance.
Schwach went 3 for 3 and scored both of his team’s runs while Mullally went 1 for 2 with a walk and the game-winning RBI, combined with two innings of great shutout pitching including five strikeouts. Sean O’Keefe, Leon Levy, Jason Moore, Matt Dyer, Michael Light, Tyler Fillinger and Brendan Connolly played well for the Braves in their sixth consecutive victory.